Trick or treat ? Why?
According to the book Ceremonies of The Seasons.........................
The origin of trick-or-treat is thought to be related to the Christian practice of Soul-Caking which was held on All Soul's Day on November 2nd. It's written about in the C17 but thought to be much older. Soul caking involved children going around the village asking for cakes in return for praying for the souls of departed loved ones. Soul-Caking often took place after the All Souls Day carnival or parade so the participants would be wearing costumes.
The only time we lived in a place suitable for Trick or Treating - the tradition hadn't yet traveled back here from the USA and since then I've lived in out of the way houses and had no small callers in fancy dress. This year I guess even fewer children will be out.
Many cultures around the world have festivals or traditions celebrated with The Eve of All Saints Day or Halloween or the Night of the Dead, including Dias de Los Muertos in Mexico and Cheung Yeung in China